A Saturday film session  created a conversation that led to a game plan.
And when the Nebraska City boys’ basketball team executed the game plan on Saturday night at home against Auburn, the Pioneers got validation that they were indeed going in the right direction.
Nebraska City Coach Scott Wissing said the players had an open discussion during the film session about what they could do better following Friday’s set back against Blair.
Wissing called the film session the best one that the Pioneer team had all year. Players seemed to be buying in to what they were hearing.
An emphasis of the talk was creating balance on the score sheet.
“We are not a one-man show,” said Wissing after having noted that the team had been counting on a single leading scorer to do most of the heavy lifting offensively.
Saturday’s game stood at 13-12 after one quarter of action.
Brennen Bales, who missed the pre-Christmas schedule due to injury, poured in 10 of his 17 points in the second quarter and the Pioneers led 28-20 at half.
A Bryce Levy lay up in the early third quarter had the team up 10.
Auburn fought back, but the Pioneers showed their diversity down the stretch as multiple players made key plays and the team hit four long range shots to keep the Bulldogs at bay.
Bryce Levy and Sam Williams drilled three-point shots in the third quarter. It was Bales and Jace Becker hitting threes in the fourth frame.
Outside of Bales, the Pioneers got 13 points from Bryce Levy, seven each from Tyler Levy and Becker; six from Jared Nemec and five each from Williams and Derek Riege.
The team hit 14 two-point shots on the game, drilled six three-pointers and went 14-of-24 at the free throw line.
In the final analysis, the Pioneers got what they wanted.
“Tonight was our first game where we put two good halves together,” said Coach Wissing.
Nebraska City was scheduled to play on Tuesday at Shenandoah. And Coach Wissing said he believes the team can build on what they accomplished on Saturday.

Blair 66, NC Boys 46
Bryce Levy scored 24 points and drilled five three-point shots on Friday, but Blair ended up on the winning end of a 20-point decision.
Other scorers were Jace Becker, six; Jerad Nemec, five; Tyler Levy, five; Brennen Bales, three; Logan Hoover, two; and Sam Williams, one.
Blair scored 24 and 21 in the first and second quarters while limiting the Pioneers to 25 first half points.
Looking back at the game, Coach Wissing gave credit to Blair for being much improved over last year.
Wissing said the Bears got the Pioneers on their heels early and that his team wore down as the game went on
Nebraska City did cut the Bears’ lead to six at one point but could get no closer